Farrakhan Signs LOI

Mustapha Farrakhan signed his letter of intent right at the buzzer. Did one ACC program sneak in one of the true late bloomers in the class?

A few weeks ago, the Virginia Cavaliers had a spell of bad luck. They had recruited one player and procured a commitment from him a long time ago. From a winger's perspective, Dave Leitao's bunch appeared done.

However, Eric Wallace rescinded his pledge to the program and that opened up a spot. Wisely, the Cavaliers moved quickly on not only the top remaining shooting guard on Scout.com's list, but a player who just might be on the verge of stepping up his game again.

Mustapha Farrakhan, a shooting guard out of Harvey (Ill.) Thornton Township, signed with the Cavaliers over Illinois Tuesday afternoon. He hails from a city that's produced its share of late bloomers in recent years (see Patrick Beverley, D-Wade) and it might crank out another this year.

After averaging 17.1 points as a junior, many including his coach would argue he's not so much a late bloomer as he was slow to get noticed.

"When I see Mustapha I saw a player that was going to be a good player," Thornton Township coach Troy Jackson said. "As you get older, the harder you work the better you're going to get. I just think he's a player I thought would be good and now that he's had the opportunity to play against good players this summer he's opened some eyes."

Regardless of how he's viewed, Farrakhan is a player who has raised his level of play from the spring through the summer and maybe even again this high school season. Translation: he's in a great spot to become and even better prospect.

What's he do well? The guy can stroke it deep. "Silky smooth with a stroke that's near automatic," Jackson said of his senior guard. "You can't leave him open. You rush him and he blows by you to the basket."

Just like he may blow by his counterparts at the shooting guard slot if he finishes his senior year strong.

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